In this episode, hosts Joel and Carole discuss the structural and cultural issues that have led to more school leadership turnover and the cost it has on our schools and students. The conversation comes just as school districts are wrapping up their hiring season.
Joel and Carole say superintendents now only stay in place for an average of less than three years, and there also is much turnover at the principal level. This doesn’t bode well for public education.
Joel asks Jeri and Heidi about their mentor-mentee relationship, and how Jeri inspired Heidi to become a German teacher in Wisconsin via the power of mentorship.
In this episode, host Carole Dorn-Bell speaks with Dr. Denver J. Fowler, a friend of the podcast and author of the forthcoming book The 21st Century School Leader: Leading Schools in Today’s World. Dr. Fowler is an Assistant Professor of Educational Leadership and Policy Studies, Graduate and Professional Studies in Education at California State University, Sacramento. He discusses the book, how it came about and what he hopes people take away from it.
This week, Joel Gagne is joined by Dr. Phillip Price, retired superintendent and Executive Director of the Midwest Suburban Superintendent’s Association.
In analyzing strong educational leadership, Dr. Price says he looks to see what an individual was like as a teacher.
“I think it’s extremely helpful, because you understand what’s going on in the classroom,” he says. “Not just observe it, but understand.”